Breaking in their new home
The George Fox men win the Rich Allen Classic, women take second in the first event at new facility
The George Fox University track teams showed off the brand new Stoffer Family Stadium in hosting the Rich Allen Classic Saturday, with the men taking first and the women second in a three-way meet with Linfield and Pacific.
The Bruins won seven individual events and both relays to finish with 67.5 points in the mens event, well ahead of the Wildcats (51.5) and Boxers (46.5), while Linfield edged George Fox 77.5-71 to take the womens title.
Winning individual events for the GFU men were Ezekiel Smith in the 100 meter dash (11.25), Alex Lull in the 800 meter run (2:02.41), Cody Thompson in the 1,500 (4:06.28) and Joseph Pia in the 5,000 (15:05.01).
Lawrence Potts, Mark Sanchez, Ryan Russo and Michael Morikawa combined to take first in the 4 x 100 relay in 43.49, with Smith, Will Lawrence, Thompson and Erich VanBergen capturing the 4 x 400 meters in 3:30.08.
Sweeping the distance events was a good sign for our mens team, noted assistant coach Randy Dalzell, with (Thompson) and (Pia) both recording sizeable PRs.
In the field Ryan Braden captured the high jump (6-2.75) and Arick Morrell took top honors in both the discus (131-5) and the hammer (168-5).
The Bruin women won seven events to Linfields nine, while Pacific earned one victory to finish with 33.5 points.
Winning track events for the Bruins were Alyssa Turner in the 400 (59.69), Rachael Kraske in the 100 hurdles (14.96), and the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Kraske, Kylie Weatherford, Turner, and Sarah MacKenzie (4:06.65).
Maria Green led the way in the field by winning the high jump (5-3), with Sierra Robertson prevailing in the pole vault (10-0), Charity Arn taking first in the long jump (17-6.75) and Rachael Adkins capturing the triple jump (35-3.75).
George Fox 15, Linfield 4 Boosted by an early five-goal barrage, the Bruins cruised to the first-ever win in program history last week in McMinnville. Alexa Nakashimada and Christine Doherty set an early standard for the program by scoring six goals apiece.
George Fox 9, Puget Sound 0 The Bruins rolled despite the absence of starter Chace Stalcup, who was replaced in both doubles and singles by Matt Deming. No. 1 singles player Justin McClain participated in doubles, but sat out in singles, with Andy Tweet replacing him and prevailing 7-6 (3), 2-6, 1-0 (10-8) winner at No. 4.
George Fox 5, Cal Tech 4 The Bruins prevailed 2-1 in the doubles matches, winning at No. 2 and No. 3, which proved to be the difference after the two teams split in singles. Preston Mann and Stalcup won 8-3 at No. 2 doubles, with Mitchell Miyashiro and Nick Grafton earning an 8-6 win at No. 3.
George Fox 8, Linfield 1 Playing their NWC match in Rancho Mirage, Calif., the Bruins rolled, losing only at No. 3 doubles. Chris Lilley, McClain, Preston Mann, Grafton, Deming and Tweet all won their singles matches in straight sets.
Puget Sound 8, George Fox 1 Megan Dahlberg won 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) at No. 5 singles to secure the Bruins lone win of the match. Dahlberg improved to a team-best 4-2 in singles.
Pacific Lutheran 6, George Fox 3 Alyssa Emoto was a dual winner for the Bruins, teaming with Krista Rey to win 8-6 at No. 2 doubles and prevailing 6-4, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. Dahlberg and Ali Diehl earned an 8-3 victory at No. 3 doubles for George Foxs other win.
Puget Sound Invitational The Bruins dropped 19 strokes from their opening-round total to card a 341 Sunday, but were unable to climb in the standings and finished eighth with a two-day score of 701 at Fircrest Golf Club in Fircrest, Wash. Nick Karich paced GFU with a 74 Sunday, placing him 32nd overall at 164.